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Release date: 23 November 2010
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Neofolk

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01. They Escaped The Weight Of Darkness
02. Into The Painted Grey
03. The Watcher's Monolith
04. Black Lake Niðstång
05. Ghosts Of The Midwinter Fires
06. To Drown
07. Nihil Totem [tour edition vinyl bonus]
08. The Weight Of Darkness [tour edition vinyl bonus]

The Best Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal Album Of 2010
Top 20 albums of 2010: 3

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Line-up
John Haughm - vocals, guitar
Don Anderson - guitars, piano
Aesop Dekker - drums
Jason William Walton - bass

Guest musicians
Nathan Carson - synthesizer, vibraphone, glockenspiel
Jeffrey Neblock - piano, field recordings
Veleda Thorsson - percussion
Jackie Perez Gratz - cello
Steven Wray Lobdell - backing vocals

Staff review by
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Like remembering a dream, the opening minutes of this album serenade us with a haunting cello solo. The sound of a nearby forest stream provides a backdrop for this melody; it's a familiar yet distant setting. Have I been here before? Just as the dream becomes clearer and you reach that part of your memory that hides it, the crushing guitars break open the door and all hope is lost.

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Ander - 28.03.2010 at 22:14  
Rating: 9 The wait is almost unbearable... I'll definitely be a happy Metal fan when it is released. Can't wait for the official title and art to be revealed.
advent - 16.04.2010 at 10:32  
  All my fav bands will release their albums in December (Moonspell, Draconian and Agalloch),,,i hope i can skip all the 6 months when i wake up tomorrow
Roro - 17.04.2010 at 10:49  
  ...and waiting
SoulScarred - 28.05.2010 at 02:39  
  Good news
can't wait for this
Exhumed - 28.05.2010 at 13:20  
  Not long now...not long now...
I'm sure it's worth the wait, though.
Thanntos - 26.07.2010 at 05:51  
  This is without a doubt my most anticipated album for probably the next couple years. Agalloch is one of my favorite bands of all time and Ashes my fav album, its simply spectacular.

God this better be brilliant.
TheWiseNoob - 20.08.2010 at 01:15  
Rating: 10 I made a post on my twitter account directed at the twitter page of Agalloch's label named Profound Lore. The person who owns it posted a reply saying that an announcement concerning the new album will be made soon. To give some context, Agalloch was in a recording studio during June and July.

My Twitter page: http://twitter.com/thewisenoob
Profound Lore's Twitter page:http://twitter.com/profound_lore
TheWiseNoob - 21.09.2010 at 22:30  
Rating: 10 Agalloch's new album, named Marrow of the Spirit, finally has a release date(November 23rd).

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCKKK YEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHH

Check out Agalloch's label Profound Lore's official announcement of the record. I linked it below.

http://www.profoundlorerecords.com//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=998&Itemid=2
Skøllgrim - 08.10.2010 at 17:58  
  Highly anticipated album, can't wait!
tea[m]ster - 09.10.2010 at 19:49  
Rating: 9 Will it live up to the hype? I am thinking the standard is set waaaaaay to high for this!
Lovecraft - 11.10.2010 at 15:42  
  I am so excited!
Powerslavex - 18.10.2010 at 17:09  
Rating: 8 Fuckkkkkk yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh cant waittttttttttt
Ellrohir - 04.11.2010 at 17:11  
  It leaked so i already listened to it...first impression - i appeals to me to be much more "aggressive" than Agalloch i was used to...dunno yet, if i like it or not so much...
PazuzuSKOM - 04.11.2010 at 21:16  
Rating: 9 First impression after first listen: KICK ASS ,, Agalloch never let down.
the record, just like the previous ones, epic, atmospheric and yet heavy and blackish than previous ones [i guess that due to the addition of Aesop Dekkar behind drums].

And Black Lake Nidstang is one of the most amazing songs i ever heard in my life.

AGALLOCH FTW!!
Apothecary - 05.11.2010 at 19:25  
  It's leaked all over youtube, and it's a great album...as usual.
Dangerboner - 06.11.2010 at 18:49  
Rating: 10 Yeah, this is really good. Fav tracks after my first listen are Black Lake Nidstang and Ghost of the Midwinter Fog. I still might prefer Ashes over this, but this did not disappoint in any way.

I hate the whispering though
Chobo_jokeR - 08.11.2010 at 17:17  
Rating: 9 His shrill yells or whatever you want to call them on Black Lake Nidstang are frightening, in a good way.
SoshianT - 12.11.2010 at 00:28  
Rating: 10 Agalloch's new album is released :banger2:
you can find it in this blog : blackmetalporra.blogspot.com
lugardo - 12.11.2010 at 05:24  
Rating: 10 I have to admit, i am blown away... as an avid agalloch fan, one always expects greatness in their albums but even then.... I have been mesmerized by the bands ever improving act, and Marrow of the Spirit is no stranger to this, it delivers.... HARD...
VIVA AGALLOCH!!!!
drudkhsheepdawg - 23.11.2010 at 03:08  
Rating: 10 So Beautiful, so raw. TO DROWN
Kenos - 23.11.2010 at 12:27  
  They escaped the weight of darkness, to drown in another...
Vonpire - 24.11.2010 at 16:29  
Rating: 9 WOW, Excellent album, really, one of top of 2010 without any doubt! Agalloch Rules \oo/
Fane - 24.11.2010 at 17:11  
Rating: 9 In Agalloch we shall trust. Amazing job.
HateSpark - 25.11.2010 at 13:40  
Rating: 10 Great album , I love the lyrics ..
Kenos - 25.11.2010 at 14:17  
 
Written by HateSpark on 25.11.2010 at 13:40

Great album , I love the lyrics ..

You're right. Amazing lyrics too!
agalloch19 - 26.11.2010 at 12:35  
Rating: 10 Sooooooooooo Agalloch..
Slyfang - 26.11.2010 at 17:07  
Rating: 7 9.1 for such an extremely inconsistent album?
Panzer-Tank - 26.11.2010 at 18:01  
Rating: 9 My first post
Agalloch never cease to impress me with their wonderful creativity.
This album is amazing, as usual, atmospheric with great lyrix.
Black Lake NidstÜng is my fav.
Hail Agalloch \m/
InnerSelf - 26.11.2010 at 21:09  
Rating: 7
Written by Slyfang on 26.11.2010 at 17:07

9.1 for such an extremely inconsistent album?


Inconsistent I can understand if you say that it isn't an entity "like Ashes Against the Grain was" but it is not inconsistent at all, in fact it has a very good flow and sustains a certain mood through out the whole of it
tea[m]ster - 27.11.2010 at 08:05  
Rating: 9 Well, i finally checked out the album. On first listen I have to say I like it! I like the "raw" sound. I will need a few more plays in case I missed anything.
whitepawel - 28.11.2010 at 06:26  
Rating: 4 You have got to be kidding me!
Agalloch had just released their worst full-length and you call it 4th best album in the history of metal!? Just because it's Agalloch!?
World gone mad...
Calabash - 28.11.2010 at 10:38  
Rating: 10 Second to the album Ashes Against the Grain.
JÄY - 28.11.2010 at 19:45  
Rating: 8 Disappointing, fer mey.

only 4 real songs and 2 of em arnt that great, imo

still, it is beautiful
Daydream Nation - 28.11.2010 at 23:50  
  Excellent album. Definitely not as BAD as people say, but certainly not as GREAT as people say. It's probably my least favourite Agalloch album, but it's still sensational.
As well, Black Lake Nidstung is not the highlight of the album, but the last three minutes of that song are fantastic. I don't quite see the hype over that song. My favourite remains Into the Painted Grey.
K†ulu - 29.11.2010 at 10:36  
 
Written by whitepawel on 28.11.2010 at 06:26

You have got to be kidding me!
Agalloch had just released their worst full-length and you call it 4th best metal album in the history of metal!? Just because it's Agalloch!?
World gone mad...

It's based on the votes. Nobody called it anything just because it's Agalloch.
Daniell - 29.11.2010 at 11:26  
Rating: 7 Way, way below my hopes and expectations. "The Mantle" and "Ashes Against Grain" are probably among the best 20 releases of the last 10 years for me, but this one won't even make the first 200. Huge, gargantuan disappointment. I wrote a review for it, but I will not publish it. Well, maybe in a few months. But now, after 20 listens of the album, I can't rate it too high.
whitepawel - 29.11.2010 at 16:10  
Rating: 4
Written by K†ulu on 29.11.2010 at 10:36

Written by whitepawel on 28.11.2010 at 06:26

You have got to be kidding me!
Agalloch had just released their worst full-length and you call it 4th best metal album in the history of metal!? Just because it's Agalloch!?
World gone mad...

It's based on the votes. Nobody called it anything just because it's Agalloch.


I know it's based on votes dude .
Nevertheless it was shocking
I'm glad it has changed.
whitepawel - 29.11.2010 at 16:11  
Rating: 4
Written by Daniell on 29.11.2010 at 11:26

Way, way below my hopes and expectations. "The Mantle" and "Ashes Against Grain" are probably among the best 20 releases of the last 10 years for me, but this one won't even make the first 200. Huge, gargantuan disappointment. I wrote a review for it, but I will not publish it. Well, maybe in a few months. But now, after 20 listens of the album, I can't rate it too high.


Thank you
DieH@rd - 30.11.2010 at 00:05  
  Maybe 2 songs are good, rest of them.... not so much.

/goes and listens Ashes...
BlueMobius - 30.11.2010 at 01:12  
Rating: 10 Great album. Agalloch did what they do best and decided not to stick to some trend. Great music...and that's what it is music. If you wanted more black metal then you will be disappointed, if you wanted something catchy like Falling Snow or something, you will be disappointed. Agalloch didn't repeat themselves, they didn't rip themselves off, instead they took their formula and made another great and different album. Look at the album from a musical prospective and not from the eyes of a closed minded extreme metalhead. This album has great songs throughout and some of John's best vocal work to date.
Daniell - 30.11.2010 at 14:54  
Rating: 7
Written by BlueMobius on 30.11.2010 at 01:12

Great album. Agalloch did what they do best and decided not to stick to some trend.


I didn't expect them to stick to a trend. They never did by the way.

Written by BlueMobius on 30.11.2010 at 01:12

If you wanted more black metal then you will be disappointed, if you wanted something catchy like Falling Snow or something, you will be disappointed.


I just wanted good music, and MotS isn't good enough. I didn't want another "..." (insert song title here).

Written by BlueMobius on 30.11.2010 at 01:12

Look at the album from a musical prospective and not from the eyes of a closed minded extreme metalhead.

So, by implication, if I dislike the album, I'm narrow-minded? Don't be ridiculous...
Also check my profile for bands I like, and try to call me narrow-minded.

Written by BlueMobius on 30.11.2010 at 01:12
This album has great songs throughout and some of John's best vocal work to date.


I agree about vocals, they're the best element here.
BlueMobius - 01.12.2010 at 03:01  
Rating: 10
Written by Daniell on 30.11.2010 at 14:54

Written by BlueMobius on 30.11.2010 at 01:12

Great album. Agalloch did what they do best and decided not to stick to some trend.


I didn't expect them to stick to a trend. They never did by the way.

Written by BlueMobius on 30.11.2010 at 01:12

If you wanted more black metal then you will be disappointed, if you wanted something catchy like Falling Snow or something, you will be disappointed.


I just wanted good music, and MotS isn't good enough. I didn't want another "..." (insert song title here).

Written by BlueMobius on 30.11.2010 at 01:12

Look at the album from a musical prospective and not from the eyes of a closed minded extreme metalhead.

So, by implication, if I dislike the album, I'm narrow-minded? Don't be ridiculous...
Also check my profile for bands I like, and try to call me narrow-minded.

Written by BlueMobius on 30.11.2010 at 01:12
This album has great songs throughout and some of John's best vocal work to date.


I agree about vocals, they're the best element here.


I'm not talking about closemindedness just within metal. I mean music as a whole.

There are parts of the new Agalloch album that impressed me because of the nonmetal elements. Take Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires for example. That song bleeds 80s pop and new wave influence, which are other genres I happen to enjoy. There is a ton of good song writing in the album. Perhaps the band just didn't write what you wanted. In that case, I don't know what to tell you. You are just going to have to be satisfied being unsatisfied I suppose.
Daniell - 01.12.2010 at 17:25  
Rating: 7 Really, I said it already - it doesn't matter what I wanted. I listen to music first of all. Read my reviews - I'm open and positive even to bands that disappointed me many times. Also, among music I like are artists like: Jean Michel Jarre, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits or Massive Attack. I really can appreciate any kind of music if it evokes something in me. Agalloch failed to evoke anything strong this time.

You seem to be hell-bent on proving to everyone that this album is brilliant and that anyone who doesn't think so is wrong.
You are wrong my friend - we are entitled to our own opinions, and they are as valid as yours, no matter how different. I'm sure you can understand that
JÄY - 03.12.2010 at 17:03  
Rating: 8 Yeah dammit.... really liked the first (real) song...but it went downhill fer mey after the.......such a bummer
Paradox0 - 03.12.2010 at 20:38  
Rating: 7
Written by Daniell on 01.12.2010 at 17:25

Really, I said it already - it doesn't matter what I wanted. I listen to music first of all. Read my reviews - I'm open and positive even to bands that disappointed me many times. Also, among music I like are artists like: Jean Michel Jarre, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits or Massive Attack. I really can appreciate any kind of music if it evokes something in me. Agalloch failed to evoke anything strong this time.

You seem to be hell-bent on proving to everyone that this album is brilliant and that anyone who doesn't think so is wrong.
You are wrong my friend - we are entitled to our own opinions, and they are as valid as yours, no matter how different. I'm sure you can understand that


Looking at the last two posts, I'm glad I'm not crazy in that I just didn't find this terribly engaging, interesting or transporting. I guess I can say that the album is pretty experimental and seems to do some interesting (and I'm using this word a bit broader than I suppose one would assume) concepts, but nothing is ever done with them. The songs just seem to meander and go nowhere with these ideas. This kind of experimentalism in music always come off to me as incomplete ideas and just irks me that they aren't being used in a more complete fashion. I know some people find this brilliant but just leaves me disappointed.
BlueMobius - 03.12.2010 at 20:57  
Rating: 10 I don't find any of it boring. I find it more interesting than their last album. To me, they do take the concepts places. The album may have a less metallic edge than say "Ashes Against the Grain" but "Marrow of the Spirit" has more of an atmosphere and bleakness to it. Into the Painted Grey is catchy but raw and full of a lot of dynamics. I get a very mellow feeling from "The Watchers Monolith" but even though I like the song and its transition to "Black Lake Nidstang," it's not my favorite. "Black Lake Nidstang" is perfect in my opinion. The song's droning beginning is so eerie and they take that a step further with John's whispers. Where the song was just eerie it becomes absolutely haunting with his screams. I cannot stop listening to that song. "Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires" is also another song I love. The outro gives me chills too.

I hate when I see comments like, "They are just giving this a high rating because its Agalloch. I was disappointed." Well guess what ... Just because you didn't like does not mean others can't love it. This album is not cut and dry. Sure some people won't like it. Some people probably hated "The Mantle." I like the new album and so do others. Decibel Magazine just selected "Marrow of the Spirit" as album of the year. People are going to be divided over it, yes. But people aren't going to come on here and give it a 10 just because it's Agalloch.
Tornado Of Souls - 04.12.2010 at 00:33  
Rating: 10 I agree with you that its rubbish to assume most people will give it a 10 just because of a name on the cd. So far i have really enjoyed the album there are some great moments.
Anjana(SriLanka) - 04.12.2010 at 18:10  
Rating: 8 I think I'm brave enough to say that this is not what I expected. Not as excellent as their previous issues. But it's Agalloch ..
Ag Fox - 05.12.2010 at 06:48  
Rating: 7
Written by Daniell on 29.11.2010 at 11:26

Way, way below my hopes and expectations. "The Mantle" and "Ashes Against Grain" are probably among the best 20 releases of the last 10 years for me, but this one won't even make the first 200. Huge, gargantuan disappointment. I wrote a review for it, but I will not publish it. Well, maybe in a few months. But now, after 20 listens of the album, I can't rate it too high.

i look forward to your review.
Ander - 08.12.2010 at 23:35  
Rating: 9 I'm not surprised this album has received contrasted reviews, it's definitely different from their past work (while still staying true to the Agalloch sound).

But personally, I can safely say Marrow of the Spirit has lived up to the hype. Excellent album it takes a while to fully appreciate, I'm not disappointed at all.

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